The Maleny Soldiers Memorial Hospital Walk of Remembrance is a public memorial commemorating the men and women who served in World War One from the Maleny region.
Walk of Remembrance next to Maleny Soldiers Memorial Hospital - image my own
Peaceful garden setting- image my own
This walk is a short, gentle path through a beautifully landscaped garden. Along the path are stone cenotaphs with plaques bearing the names of the twenty-five soldiers who were killed in action in Belgium and France. These stones have been skilfully engraved in their honour with enduring symbols of the war such as the renowned Flanders poppy and the laurel leaf wreath or remembrance wreath which both symbolise bravery, strength and triumph.
Cenotaph engraved with the poppy in remembrance of soldiers who died in Belgium- image my own
Further in, the path leads to a solemn memorial of five Helidon sandstone monuments arranged in an arc each depicting emblems of war. There is the Rising Sun worn by Diggers on their slouch hats and soldiers of the AIF (Australian Imperial Force), next to an image of a nurse commemorating the work of the Royal Australian Army Medical Corps, the Eternal Flame- a symbol of everlasting gratitude, the medical symbol of Caduceus with two winged snakes coiled around a rod and a smaller stone bears the names of the ninety men and women who were recruited to the war from the Maleny area.
Helidon sandstone monuments created by Craig Medson and Wayne Markwort depicting emblems of WW1- image my own
Remembering the nurses who served in the war- image my own
The Eternal Flame - image my own
The Rising Sun emblem - image my own
Medical Symbol Caduceus - image my own
There is also an arbour with seats and climbing vines trailing up its corner beams. Beneath the arbour entrance on a plaque set in the ground, an inscription reads 'May all who pass this way find peace and tranquillity."
Under this shelter surrounded by a well-curated garden, one can pause for reflection and the peace which is proffered here can be easily found.
Arbor with seating - image my own
The Walk of Remembrance is well maintained and although it is located on a suburban road with bustling Maleny close by, this spot feels like a sanctuary. It is easy to find, next door to Maleny Hospital with a visible arbour entrance. Parking is available along Bean St and the Maleny Hospital Carpark.